Ender's Game

2013

Ender's Game

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If it isn't quite as thought-provoking as the book, Ender's Game still manages to offer a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills.

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In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. -- (C) Summit

Cast

Harrison Ford
as Colonel Hyram Graff
Asa Butterfield
as Ender Wiggin
Hailee Steinfeld
as Petra Arkanian
Abigail Breslin
as Valentine Wiggin
Moises Arias
as Bonzo Madrid
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak
as Peter Wiggin
Khylin Rhambo
as Dink Meeker
Ben Kingsley
as Mazer Rackham
Viola Davis
as Major Gwen Anderson
Nonso Anozie
as Sergeant Dap
Tony Mirrcandani
as Admiral Chjamrajnager
Edrick Browne
as Eros Tech Officer Hendee
Han Soto
as Lieutenant Soto
Jasmine Kaur
as Professor
Wendy Miklovic
as Female Doctor
Kyle Clements
as Young Mazer Rackham
Andrea Powell
as Theresa Wiggin
Cameron Gaskins
as Slattery (Leopard Army)
Chris Coakley
as Stilson Buddy #1
Chase Walker
as Stilson Buddy #2
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Critic Reviews for Ender's Game

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (132) | Rotten (84)

  • Enough people attended Ender's Game last weekend to place it at the top of the box office. But could any of them have known how profoundly unspectacular an experience they were in for?

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • While the picture loses some plot tension by assuring the viewer that Ender is basically an okay kid, it gains by showing the growth of the boy into his destiny as "the One."

    Nov 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Straightforward, a bit literal-minded, very faithful to the book and largely compelling.

    Nov 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • If you dislike child actors, you might derive a perverse satisfaction from seeing dozens of them look so unhappy to be onscreen.

    Nov 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle.

    Nov 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure.

    Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ender's Game

  • Jul 27, 2017
    So Ender's game movie adaptation on the novel Ender's game is quite good with many fails which the movie would be one of the best movies of all time without. Although the fails the movie has some better moments than the book itsself. That's the sad about it the film unlucky to get some better repairs of the script and maybe it might be more great if the film was even longer that would've been a larger view through the amazing plot. From the begining it's seen that the staff for the production can make it better , but not the first two scenes , after them. They show us a little bit of Ender's life on Earth , that's a mistake. Even two more minutes may have been crucial to make the movie more exciting. After that one there is another mistake that shows itsself because the weird change of positioning of the main characters around Andrew Wiggin. Alaj , the best friend of Ender , is shown even more seldom than other character Been , who meets Ender first. Then the most nasty fail or act of the staff is the timing of the training of the main character - Andrew and then the others'. It's shown that Ender learns everything about the ships and all other little important things about the job for only around 10-15 days. That's impossible , maybe not for Been but for a normal human it is not. He has to learn so much data and it takes time to learn it like he has to. Also it might have been a lot better if the "simulator battles" in the comander school were more many to let the audience see how hard it is to those kids to fight day in and day out. And show us their fatigue. Last thing. The end. The end could've been more impacting. So that was from me. I like the movie a lot. So and the book. It's my favourite. Actually the movie could've been better than the book if the staff wasn't too stupid to make a more great script. But it is still a great movie , for me amazing , because I love it. If the producers find people better than this ones the sequels might be great. For example I suggest me after few years - 3-4y.
    Valeri I Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2016
    Disappointing adaptation of the Sci-Fi novel. While the special effects are pretty decent, especially the zero G training has some interesting scenes you haven't seen like that before. And while there are great names among the adult actors, most of the kids just do not work. It's also the script's fault that they come across as brats, especially the main character. Everything just works out miraculously for him, chosen one and all that jazz. Sure, there is a pretty dark twist later one and the ideas that come from that make for an interesting ending, turning a lot of the military bravado from earlier on its head, but by then it's too late: you don't care about anything happening on the screen for a while already.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2014
    I will preface by saying I never read the book. Now, based off that statement and the PG-13 rating and some of the acting talent in the film, especially the older actors, this movie was stale and frustrating acting wise as much as it was tame and predictable plot wise. This was clearly a movie that needed only a PG rating, but for some reason, they opted for PG-13 mostly because of the "fight" scenes. I'm not too big a fan of child actors in general, but when it feels like there's someone off camera giving them cues on when to speak or when a line is theirs compared to letting it flow freely just bothers me. Too much. I remember when this film came out people praised Asa Butterfield's performance. So what if the kid can cry on cue? None of his delivery convinced me. None of the other children are worth mentioning. Harrison Ford, for a children's movie, did not convince me as the "evil" colonel with alternative motives. Nobody else really deserves a mention. As for the science fiction premise...The effects and CGI were well done. A Harry Potter in space kind of feeling with the different groups represented by different animals playing a game (like Quiddich) for clan superiority. Where as HP thoroughly convinced you there was a greater threat alongside its games and side missions, unfortunately this movie put the overall problem of the plot second hand. The resolution was weak, predictable and felt rushed and cut off with the credits rolled. Surely just another case where the book is better than the movie
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2014
    An exercise in uneven film-making and poor adaptation, Ender's Game is a frustrating science fiction film that never lives up to its potential, and often doesn't even hint at it. Set in the future, the film presents a world in which the human race had nearly been wiped out by a hostile alien invasion some years earlier, with the leftover society preparing for another possible attack. Looking for a new generation of leaders, and the military seeks to hone the skills of the brightest youth available. With Ender's Game, we are given Asa Butterfield as Ender, the protagonist. We are told he's the brightest they have, and shows the greatest potential. Yet, like much of the beats of the film, this never feels earned. The academy he is sent to is supposedly composed of near genius prodigies, yet Ender is the only one that shows any marked intelligence. What made him different? Why was he able to be so successful? The film never really shows us, but simply tells us. This is a carried trait throughout the film, never successfully building up to its dramatic moments. Ender's character arc is never fully realized, nor is any of the characters. We never care about any character, because we don't know them. The characterizations are thus shallow, and are executed with awkward dialogue, being delivered by largely unimpressive performances. The technical elements of Ender's Game are impressive. The sets are well designed, the shots are nicely composed, and the CGI is beautiful. Visually, there's certainly some imagination, yet all of this is placed in a film devoid of compelling characters, a narrative that never finds itself, and a script with no humor or vibrancy, nor texture. 2/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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